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Is it normal to have gum tissue sloughing off after a crown prep (in the area of the prep)? If not, what are the possible/likely causes?

Is it normal to have gum tissue sloughing off after a crown prep (in the area of the prep)?  If not, what are the possible/likely causes?

Tissue sloughing: Tissue sloughing is not normal under any circumstances. Did you have an impression taken after the crown preparation? You may have had a reaction to the materials used to retract the gum tissue, or to the impression material. Or perhaps a reaction to any anesthetic used in the gum tissue around the tooth. In any case, return to have your dentist examine the area. ...Read more

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Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (Definition)

This is an overlap syndrome with manifestations that can include those of rheumatoid arthritis systemic lupus, scleroderma, and polymyositis. Different patients will have different combination of these components, over the long term it appears that many can get scleroderma like findings. Two or more components can occur. It has a variety of specific laboratory studies especially ...Read more


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What causes gum tissue to peel?

What causes gum tissue to peel?

Gum lesions?: Depending on the clinical picture, gums can "peel" or slough off due to gum disease, trauma, viral, bacteria or other miscellaneous causes. You would need to see a laser periodontist for a complete evaluation. The nd/yag laser can sometimes help in a big way in these situations. www.drgums.com. ...Read more

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What is guided tissue regeneration (gums)?

What is guided tissue regeneration (gums)?

Surgical aid: Gtr is a procedure used to stimulate bone and gum tissue growth when done in combination with flap surgery. A small piece of mesh-like fabric is inserted between the bone and gum tissue. This keeps the gum tissue from growing into the area where the bone should be, allowing the bone and connective tissue to regrow and restore lost bone. ...Read more

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What color is new gum tissue after extraction?

Pink: Healthy gum tissue is usually pink one matured by the "granulation tissue" that you will see in the extraction site starts off bright red and as the tissue matures [6-8 weeks) turns pink. ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have gum tissue growing into a cavity?

Needing expert help. I have gum tissue growing into a cavity?

Hyperplasia: If you have gum tissue growing into dental decay, it means you have a pretty large cavity. The tooth needs to be evaluated to determine if it is even restorable. If it is, the gum tissue can be trimmed away and the tooth restored. See a local dentist for further advice.... ...Read more

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Is heat beneficial to help inflamed gum tissue as it is trying to heal?

Is heat beneficial to  help inflamed gum tissue as it is trying to heal?

Not especially: What was done or what is your situation that caused the inflamed gum tissue? Knowing that would help us answer your question more completely and accurately. One of the best ways to help things heal in general is to keep them clean, eat a healthy diet, avoid further irritation and get sufficient rest. If you have had recent dental treatment, ask your dentist for more specific advice. ...Read more

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Soft tissue grafting on gums. Will everything even out, and smooth out? How long does it take?

Soft tissue grafting on gums.  Will everything even out, and smooth out?  How long does it take?

Two issues: The larger the graft the less it shrinks and the color of the tissue is determined by the donor site. Folks to tend to scar or get keloids, tend to wind up with lumpier grafts. If that disturbes a patient, it can be trimmed later. I would not do that for three to six months after the graft. ...Read more

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Is it common to lose gum tissue after an extraction? Also,is it a bad thing to keep gauze over the whole 3-5 days after the extraction?

Yes and yes: When tooth removed bone/gums recede. An extracted tooth usually requires replacement to prevent collapse of the remaining dentition. Gauge should be used until bleeding stops, no longer. Please return to your Dentist to discuss these issues with him/her. ...Read more

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Gum tissue around tooth is loose, what can I do?

Gum tissue around tooth is loose, what can I do?

See a dentist !: Gingival tissue that is separating from the tooth forming a pocket like that could be indicative of periodontal problems. The sooner you are examined and treated the sooner your problem will be arrested. You really can't do anything personally to correct periodontal defects. ...Read more

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How much does gum grafting with your own gum tissue cost?

How much does gum grafting with your own gum tissue cost?

It depends: This will vary depending on where you live, how many teeth need grafting, etc. You should get opinions from two different periodontists. ...Read more

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Can it happen to many people who have advanced gum recession that any type of soft tissue grafting just would not help? Where do the gums go to?

Can it happen to many people who have advanced gum recession that any type of soft tissue grafting just would not help? Where do the gums go to?

Gum disease: Recession is a sign of gum disease. You have lost bone. Grafting can only help if you have enough bone to maintain your teeth. Grafting is done to be able to maintain the soft tissue attachment to protect the bone. A periodontist can evaluate your situation to help you keep your teeth. ...Read more

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Hello i noticed I have a small black dot on my gum the mark takes up the surface area of the very tip of my gum tissue.The part looks like a triangle?

Hello i noticed I have a small black dot  on my gum the mark takes up the surface area of the very tip of my gum tissue.The part looks like a triangle?

See your dentist: There are many reasons you may see a dark spot in your mouth. Most are not problem and are easily diagnosed and treated if needed. However you need to see your dentist to have the spot looked at. ...Read more

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Please help! what is that dental procedure where they burn off your gum tissue?

Please help! what is that dental procedure where they burn off your gum tissue?

Burn?: I know of no dental procedure where they "burn off" your gum tissue. Are you referring to periodontal surgery? Laser treatments for? Or? Please re-post the question with where you heard or read this, or who recommended it and for what? Thanks. ...Read more

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Only have 1mm of hard gum tissue covering lower canine. It has receded due to gum disease however under control. Will further recession happen anyway?

Only have 1mm of hard gum tissue covering lower canine. It has receded due to gum disease however under control. Will further recession happen anyway?

Yes, it is possible: because gum recession is a progressive condition. If recession is persist, a procedure known as a "gum graft surgery" may be performed by a periodontist. ...Read more

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What is the swollen gum tissue behind my back tooth?

What is the swollen gum tissue behind my back tooth?

Swollen gum tissue: Swollen gum tissue behind your back tooth is called an operculum. It can be redundant, excess tissue, tissue left over following removal of a wisdom tooth, or the flap of tissue covering an erupting wisdom tooth. Visit your dentist to have him/her check it out for you. ...Read more

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I had a biopsy of the gum tissue, it came bk with traces off bruising please wot causes that 2 happen thankyou?

I had a biopsy of the gum tissue, it came bk with traces off bruising please wot causes that 2 happen thankyou?

Biopsy results: The best person to answer this question for you is the dentist who took the biopsy. He\she knows your complete medical and dental history and has personally examined you as well. We can only give you a list of possibilities while your own dentist can either determine the exact cause or give you a pretty good educated guess. Discuss this issue with your dentist. ...Read more

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I've had gingivitis for 5 months and my gums stopped bleeding about 2 or 3 months ago. will my gum tissue recover?

I've had gingivitis for 5 months and my gums stopped bleeding about 2 or 3 months ago. will my gum tissue recover?

Depends on you: Did you have adequate treatment or just let the problem go on its own? The bacterial disease is needing intervention by the dentist and home care following to not accelerate into periodontitis. ...Read more

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I have very limited opening of my mouth. Hurts pretty bad when i try to open it more, feels like gum tissue's are tearing. What is wrong?

I have very limited opening of my mouth. Hurts pretty bad when i try to open it more, feels like gum tissue's are tearing. What is wrong?

TMJ? See a dentist: It sounds like you may have a muscle spasm causing you the pain and the problem with opening. There are several possible causes. You need to see a dentist to get a definite diagnosis. In the mean time you can try gentle stretching, advil, (ibuprofen) soft diet and time to see if it goes away. ...Read more

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Had wiadom tooth out tues gums tissues grown over hole left with a lil hole am i still at risk of dry socket.Was a qiuk and simple extraction. .

Had wiadom tooth out tues  gums tissues grown over hole left with a lil hole am i still at risk of dry socket.Was a qiuk and simple extraction. .

5 DAYS: Typically, most dry sockets develop in the first 5 days or so. So you are still at a reasonable risk. When gum tissues start to cover the area, thus trapping the clotted blood underneath, you are at a better chance of uneventful recovery and healing. Make sure to follow the surgeon's/dentist's post-op instructions, and if something is not feeling normal, contact the office. ...Read more

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What can I expect after a soft tissue graft? I'm going to have a free gingical graft to thicken the gum tissue around the area where a crown is going. From reading a bit about, it sounds to me like it might be a painful procedure. Is there much special ca

What can I expect after a soft tissue graft? I'm going to have a free gingical graft to thicken the gum tissue around the area where a crown is going. From reading a bit about, it sounds to me like it might be a painful procedure. Is there much special ca

There : There are a few different techniques to thicken the gum. If the gum is transplanted from your palate, the roof of your mouth will be painful for a few days. Patients often compare the pain to a pizza burn. Your periodontist should send you home with written instructions that you should review together before you leave the office. ...Read more

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Can a soft tissue laser be used to vaporize the top gum tissue, in order to reduce sulcus depths, as part of periodontal treatment?

Can a soft tissue laser be used to vaporize the top gum tissue, in order to reduce sulcus depths, as part of periodontal treatment?

Not exactly but..: There are a number of dental lasers with specific wavelengths that affect the gums and bone around the teeth in different ways, according to the need. An nd/yag using an fda cleared protocol can promote bone regeneration in addition to killing bacteria. We also have success with erbium and co2 lasers. It is important to choose a laser with the correct wavelength for success. www.drgums.com. ...Read more

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Is it possible to perform an operculectomy to remove gum tissue on impacted wisdom tooth if only a very small portion of the tooth is visible?

Operculectomy: An operculectomy is ideal for a tooth that is fully rupted and the back half of the tooth still has a small flap covering it. If the tooth is not fully erupted but still impacted, then removal may be the treatment of choice. And dental exam should be requested to make sure the right treatment is done. ...Read more

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Shock like pain in and around gum tissue of new crown with pain in jaw too. Bite is not too high. Root canal went well....? No one knows, i need help

Shock like pain in and around gum tissue of new crown with pain in jaw too. Bite is not too high. Root canal went well....? No one knows, i need help

Sorry but..: Sorry but this requires an exam, x-rays and some tests that need to be done personally and not over the internet. How long ago was the rct and crown done? When did the symptoms first appear? "no one knows"?- who have you seen? This may require a second opinion by an endodontist and\or general dentist. A cbct scan (3d image) may be helpful with a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is granulation tissue normal over healing gums from tooth extraction?

Is granulation tissue normal over healing gums from tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction: There are healthy and unhealthy or infected granulation tissue . Healthy granulation tissue helps in normal healing process , unhealthy tissue needs to be removed . Your dentist will be the best judge. ...Read more

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Hi, I have extra piece of gum tissue behind my central incisor for years, it is hanging around my mouth and it is growing, is it harmful?

Hi, I have extra piece of gum tissue behind my central incisor for years, it is hanging around my mouth and it is growing, is it harmful?

Not sure: Cannot tell you over the internet, sight unseen, if it is harmful. It may be caused by inflammation due to a periodontal problem, could be more serious if you are a smoker. Your local dentist, who can actually examine it and treat you, is best prepared to put your mind at ease. Give him/her a call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Do sometimes dentists have to cut out extra piece of gum tissue in your inner mouth I have this extra tissue which i can feel with my tongue ?

Do sometimes dentists have to cut out extra piece of gum tissue in your inner mouth I have this extra tissue which i can feel with my tongue ?

Have it checked out: The question is too broad to really give you an accurate answer to your question as it pertains to your specific situation. Do patients ever require surgery to remove excess or diseased tissue? Of course. But that is not to say that is what you would require. See your own dentist to evaluate what you are feeling. If might be a very simple fix that does not require any surgery at all! ...Read more

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I have braces and a canine tooth being pulled into place.Ortho wants to remove excess gum tissue with a laser.With a low pain tolerance, will it hurt?

I have braces and a canine tooth being pulled into place.Ortho wants to remove excess gum tissue with a laser.With a low pain tolerance, will it hurt?

Laser surgery: I would assume that a local anesthetic will be used, so regardless of how the tissue is removed, the procedure should be pain free. That being said, laser surgery and the resulting post-op healing are generally less painful. ...Read more

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Just how swollen can I expect my facial area to be following an allograft gum tissue grafting on two adjacent upper front teeth?

Just how swollen can I expect my facial area to be following an allograft gum tissue grafting on two adjacent upper front teeth?

Post Op Swelling: You should only have mild to moderate swelling. Having said that, the amount of swelling varies from individual to individual. I have found the biggest determining factor is how easily you bruise. It also varies according to local conditions, medical history, medications, expertise of surgeon, etc. ...Read more

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Had dental work today Topical numbing gel caused severe irritation and peeling on gum tissue. Very uncomfortable. How can I heal this?

Had dental work today Topical numbing gel caused severe  irritation and peeling on gum tissue. Very uncomfortable. How can I heal this?

Give it some time: Do not irritate the area, stay away from anything too salty, too spicy, or acidic. Let your dentist know about your reaction to the topical anesthetic. A reaction like that is not that common. ...Read more

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Could your gums be white from scar tissue after having oral surgery to remove teeth a few years back? If not, what could cause it. Tested neg for hiv

Could your gums be white from scar tissue after having oral surgery to remove teeth a few years back? If not, what could cause it. Tested neg for hiv

Visit a dentist: Any white or scar lesion that does not resolve itself in two-three weeks should be reevaluated by your dentist and considered for biopsy to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Visit your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What popular dental implant system would usually result in the least amount of gum tissue cutting if there is no need for added bone or gum grafting?

What popular dental implant system would usually result in the least amount of gum tissue cutting if there is no need for added bone or gum grafting?

Most will: A straight forward surgical implant placement might only need a "tissue punch" or hole or a small incision to allow for the proper placement . Along with a surgical stent made from a CBCT scan, most any of the many root form implant systems will work as you describe. It would depend on what your surgical and restorative team prefers! ...Read more

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Chewing Gum (Definition)

Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more


Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more